Add Dramatic Color to an Urban Photo Using Session Photoshop Actions

Urban style photo sessions are a lot of fun to edit using MCP’s Fusion Photoshop Action Set. There are several actions within the set that allow you to add dramatic color and contrast into your image. Using a shot from a downtown photo session I did, I am going to show you my blueprint for enhancing all of the amazing color that is already in this image.



After doing some basic exposure and white balance adjustments in Lightroom, here is a blueprint of the actions I used in Elements , which are also available for Photoshop, to achieve the final look. All Photoshop Actions used were from the Fusion Set unless indicated below.

  1. Ran Color Fusion Mix & Match. Adjusted the “Edge It” Layer to 100%. Turned on Slumber Party at the default 50% for added warmth and turned on Retro Surprise at 75%, but masked off her skin.
  2. Ran Golden (Warm Tint) at default 26% because her skin still seemed cool.
  3. Ran Magic Marker and used a large white soft brush at 25% Opacity to paint around the edges.
  4. Ran MCP’s Free Photoshop Sharpening action called High Definition at the default opacity to finish. This free action is available for Photoshop and Elements.
Jamie Rubeis with Jamie Rubeis Photography is based out of Las Vegas, NV, specializing in Families, Children, Maternity and Newborn Photography.

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